4 Year Anniversary in Wealthy Affiliate (June 2014)
Somehow another year has passed and I've now been at Wealthy Affiliate for 4 years. My personal tradition is to write up a review of what happened during the previous year as well as goals for next year. It not only keeps me on track to achieve more and more each year, but also reminds me of how far I've come because it's easy to forget all that you've accomplished.
Plus, I think it gives newbies great insight into how things progress over time. I'll provide a link below to my previous years posts.
Here were my goals for Year 4 in WA - let's see how I did.
- 1) Figure out Adwords and make some money with it - Done
- 2) Increase monthly income by 30% Done
- 3) Continue consistently with YouTube, Podcasts, and tutorials 1/2 Done
- 4) 1000 visitors per day to my WA promotion site Done
- 5) Double traffic to 2 old websites 1/2 Done
- 6) Remember my goals and check them often! Done
The goals I didn't fully finish were done so on purpose. I found that my YouTube videos and Podcasts, while fun, simply were not converting into sales and taking a lot of time to produce. I did about 6 months, then decided to focus on other things.
And though I would have like to exactly double traffic to two of my old sites, I did almost as good, increasing traffic by about 60-70%. I think I could have done more if I really tried harder but I was not as focused as I could have been.
For those of you that know my "Bootcamp" site One More Cup of Coffee, you might be surprised to find out that it's only about 18 months old. A lot can be done in 1 year's time. I hit my goal of 1,000 visits per day, and even made it to Vegas.
What I'm most proud of was that I was actually able to increase my income by about 60% this year instead of my original 30% goal. Not bad. I mean, what kind of job can you go in and ask your boss for a 60% raise? How did I do this?
If you've read some of my previous posts, you know that one of my major mistakes getting started was working on too many sites at once. I learned a lot, but I had no focus. This year I only did maintenance work on 2 old websites (all others fell by the way side), and focused solely on building/growing my Bootcamp site.
What This Means For You
I highly recommend you work on one website until it starts earning money. I guarantee that this first bit of money earned will be a huge motivator for you and you'll probably want to stick with that site. Grow it til you can find a comfortable rhythm, then decide if you want to seek other methods of making more money from this site or to repeat the process with a new site.
If you can do it once, you can do it again.
As you learn affiliate marketing, you will discover that most niches can be written about until the ends of time. If you can make $5 in a niche, you can make $5,000. Still, it can be fun (and smart) to diversify, so branching out into other niches later on down the road could be beneficial.
The most interesting bit of information that you should get from this post today is that both The Online Entrepreneur Certification and Bootcamp are equally good.
From 2010 to 2013 I did the regular courses at WA and was not an affiliate of WA. I was able to build a full time income from this course alone. In 2013 I joined Bootcamp and started promoting WA to the great folks out there looking for a legitimate way to earn income online.
The earning potential of being a WA affiliate was equally good, so choose the course that fits you best, because you can succeed with either one.
Goals for 2015
I'm always up for raising the bar, so I'm going to make 2015 a big year for me. Here are my goals.
- 1. Double my income by any means necessary
- 2. 5,000 visits per day to One More Cup of Coffee
- 3. Make at least $100/month from my beer site
A Peek Into The Past
I've been at WA for a few years, so don't be discouraged if what I've written here seems a bit out of this world or beyond you because it isn't. I started out as a newbie too. Here's proof.
I'm already looking forward to writing my 5 year anniversary - Good luck with all your online business endeavors guys!